How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Come True
As the New Year kicks off, there will be countless resolutions churning into motion. On the opposite end of the spectrum, many resolutions will go unserved.
Whether it’s losing weight, chasing someone you love or making an impact to the world, it starts with three fundamentals: setting a vision, having discipline and sharing the goals with the people around you.
Be specific in what you want. Sometimes, it is just as important knowing what you don’t want so distractions can be eliminated.
Making a conscious decision on what you want to pursue sets the focus. Not surprisingly, being decisive also shows up consistently as a leadership trait in multiple articles.
There are no shortcuts in achieving extraordinary goals. It takes strong work ethic and dedication. Discipline creates the strength for delayed gratification: resisting a smaller, immediate reward in order to receive a larger, more enduring reward later.
Because meditation strengthens cognitive control (using discipline requires high amounts of cognitive control), practicing daily meditation can in turn strengthen discipline.
It also helps to take small steps at the beginning to gain confidence, then carrying that momentum for the larger challenges ahead.
3. People around you.
Sharing the vision with supportive people around you serves two purposes. First, it makes you accountable and the dream tangible. Second, you have a group of people willing to support, encourage and push you to get what you want.
Making dreams come true is simple. Now it is just up to you to put these three fundamentals in motion to make it happen.